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Israeli troops open fire at Gaza farmers harvesting wheat
Published Saturday 31/05/2014 (updated) 31/05/2014 22:29
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces early Saturday opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma'an.

Locals said Israeli troops stationed in watchtowers near the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Younis shot at Palestinian farmers as they were harvesting wheat.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the incident.

Israeli forces regularly shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1,500 meters into the Strip.

According to UNOCHA, 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.
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1 ) Ben Alofs / UK/Netherlands
31/05/2014 11:16
In spite of the murder of two Palestinian teenagers by the killers and murderers of Israel's occupation army it is back to business as usual.

2 ) James / UK
31/05/2014 13:03
What the hell!

3 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
31/05/2014 15:49
I think that the word is "harvesting", not "collecting". How can a decent person, in a uniform or not, in good conscience prevent a farmer from reaping the crop he has sown and tended ?

4 ) Kathy P / USA
31/05/2014 16:25
If a man thinks he is a god.. An ubermensch.. He may do unto other as he pleases.. If he is sick and perverted, he will torment his brothers for his own amusement.. If he is repugnant, and evil, he will kill his brothers for fun.. That is how low isreal has sank in the last decades... It has no soul..

5 ) Noah Smejkal / US
31/05/2014 17:20
Just let them move freely! They are allowed to harvest their land right? The Gaza Strip is a Palestinian Territory!

6 ) Sander / The Netherlands
31/05/2014 18:05
Israeli troops open fire at Gaza farmers collecting wheat and open fire at Fishermen and Palestinian leaders still can't unify. what a shame !. What else should happen before you deside to unify? c'mon wake up, use your wisdom and courage for the sake of your own people before it's too late!

7 ) @ Ben-1, Jay-2, Car-3, & Kat-4 / Another Viewpoint
31/05/2014 19:38
1- Without peace, Israel's army will always remain in the "business as usual" mode of Self-Defense. 2- "Farmers" were warned, and "No injuries were reported", so obviously Gaza is Not in "hell". -3- Often Gaza Militants pose as "farmers harvesting", so for good reason & "good conscience" Israel prevents both, since it can not tell one from the other. -4- "Repugnant and evil" is Arabs planting bombs at the Security Fence, and Arab Terrorism is "torment his brothers for amusement" !!!!

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
31/05/2014 19:45
IF Israeli troops (instead of warning SHOTS near them) had "open fire AT GAZA FARMERS collecting wheat", there would be "injuries", or they WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED most likely.

9 ) Mel / USA
31/05/2014 23:33
This what Israeli Jews are specifically taught &indoctrinated to do from Kindergarten up to enlistment age.Worship their Jewish"warriors",color in death pictures of tanks,guns,Jets& helo's(only Ashkenazi get to be 'diamond-dicks')recite banners of hate above the school blackboard & robotics like"Arabs want to push the Jews into the sea" & that Palestine is a myth! So ANY non-Jew is seen as a 'threat to Israel',even if he's just harvesting his wheat to make simple bread! Foolish Israel!

10 ) Rami / Palestine
01/06/2014 15:33
#7 Sure, cry all you want about "self defense." We all know how dangerous to Israeli lives those lethal stalks of wheat are.

11 ) Joe / USA
01/06/2014 17:24
@9) Mel / USA..... Right again Mel. "ANY non-Jew is seen as a "threat to Israel". Even me 3000 miles away. And in their eyes every country wants their destruction, and have a little Jewishy camp just for them. For a country that have nukes on their belt their are deplorable.
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